em·​bry·​on·​ic | \ ˌem-brē-ˈä-nik How to pronounce embryonic (audio) \

Definition of embryonic

1 : of or relating to an embryo
2 : being in an early stage of development : incipient, rudimentary an embryonic plan

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Other Words from embryonic

embryonically \ ˌem-​brē-​ˈä-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce embryonically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of embryonic in a Sentence

The tourism industry there is still in an embryonic stage.
Recent Examples on the Web The tournament has grown exponentially since its embryonic stages and honors a different person each year whose life has been affected by cancer. Ted Dunnam, Houston Chronicle, "Oiler softball coach to be inducted in hall of fame," 16 June 2020 The same research group published an article in Development in 2014 and an article in Nature in 2018 detailing a similar model derived from mouse embryonic stem cells. Natalya Ortolano, STAT, "A new embryo-like model could help scientists study the ‘black box’ of early human development," 11 June 2020 Researchers from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa have used a synchrotron machine to create 3D renderings of embryonic dinosaur skulls. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Reconstruct Embryonic Dinosaur Skulls in Beautiful Clarity," 13 Apr. 2020 That research explores topics as diverse as protein synthesis in yeast and synapse formation in embryonic fruit flies. Meredith Wadman, Science | AAAS, "Female scientists allege discrimination, neglect of research on women at NIH’s child health institute," 2 Apr. 2020 And for the two embryonic worlds to perfectly mix and create two objects with matching ingredients would take a much bigger collision than experts think happened. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Moon Is Different Than Earth at Its Core," 13 Mar. 2020 California is already a world leader in the embryonic electric vehicle industry but needs more government help to flourish, according to a from the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation. Los Angeles Times, "The electric-vehicle industry is thriving in Southern California, report says," 3 Mar. 2020 In 2014, Lavine published a paper showing that when an embryonic heart is damaged, these cells can repair and regenerate the tissue. Quanta Magazine, "Immune Cell Assassins Reveal Their Nurturing Side," 11 Feb. 2020 Respeggt found a way around that: punch a 0.3-millimeter-wide hole in a shell, suck up a drop of embryonic urine, and test for estrone sulfate, a hormone only female chicks produce. Popular Science, "The most important engineering innovations of 2019," 3 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of embryonic

1740, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Embryonic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embryonic. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce embryonic (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of embryonic

: of or relating to an embryo
: in an early or undeveloped stage


em·​bry·​on·​ic | \ ˌem-brē-ˈän-ik How to pronounce embryonic (audio) \

Medical Definition of embryonic

1 : of or relating to an embryo
2 : being in an early stage of development : incipient, rudimentary

Other Words from embryonic

embryonically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce embryonically (audio) \ adverb

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